Sustainable Materials

Amsterdam’s Futuristic New Fletcher Hotel Blends Sustainability with Luxury

Amsterdam’s Futuristic New Fletcher Hotel Blends Sustainability with Luxury

The decor of the Fletcher Hotel can be described as warm and minimalist. Robert Kolenik capitalized on the round nature of the hotel’s floor plan with futuristic interiors that look like somewhere the

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Stilts: Inhabitat Monkeys Around in Sustainable Kenyan Treehouses

Stilts: Inhabitat Monkeys Around in Sustainable Kenyan Treehouses

We had a chance to chat with Andy about the genesis of Stilts, which was carefully designed to have the smallest possible impact on this section of Coral Rag Forest. While the Kenyan-born business owner

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DreamPapercut Transforms Simple Sheets of Paper Into Amazing Works of Art

DreamPapercut Transforms Simple Sheets of Paper Into Amazing Works of Art

DreamPapercut creates amazing hand-cut silhouettes that take the form of butterflies, falcons, and flying balloons. Every piece is cut from a single sheet of paper and the negative spaces create a

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Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Cardboard Cathedral Breaks Ground in New Zealand

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Cardboard Cathedral Breaks Ground in New Zealand

The structure - known as the Transitional Cathedral - will be the largest temporary building to date designed by Shigeru Ban. The Japanese architect is famous for his innovative use of cardboard as a

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Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig, who designed

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Onion Pinch: Swaying Cork Art installation Invites Passersby to Rock and Relax

Onion Pinch: Swaying Cork Art installation Invites Passersby to Rock and Relax

NY/ Turin-based architect Caterina Tiazzoldi teamed up with NY/ Lisbon-based architect Eduardo Benamor Duarte to create Onion Pinch - a playful eco art installation made entirely from sustainably-sourced

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Plankton’s Lock Bamboo Dining Table Adds an Interesting Twist to Dinner

Plankton’s Lock Bamboo Dining Table Adds an Interesting Twist to Dinner

Designed by Plankton, the Lock dinner table is designed and formed to take advantage of the qualities, possibilities and characteristics of its highly sustainable material: bamboo. The frame is built up

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OYD Design’s Flatpack FL Inout Chair is Made From Recycled Wood Waste

OYD Design’s Flatpack FL Inout Chair is Made From Recycled Wood Waste

OYD Design's FL Inout Chair is a flatpack lounge chair designed to offer comfort, ease of use and aesthetics while minimizing material use. The chair is made from polyester web and it features a wood

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Rekindle’s Recycled Furniture Gives Earthquake-Damaged Wood a Second Life in New Zealand

Rekindle’s Recycled Furniture Gives Earthquake-Damaged Wood a Second Life in New Zealand

In order to source the waste materials and take advantage of reusable wood, Rekindle offer a discount on furniture to anyone that sources discarded pieces of wood. The incentive helps encourage people to

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Under the Moonlight is a Gorgeous Archetypal Home Built With Glass, Stone and Wood in Australia

Under the Moonlight is a Gorgeous Archetypal Home Built With Glass, Stone and Wood in Australia

Especially concerned to have the smallest environmental impact possible, the design team ensured that most of the site's existing vegetation was left untouched. The double story home has a gorgeous stone

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Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Built on pilings on the beach, Nueva Esperanza (which means new hope in Spanish) was constructed in accordance with the community's longstanding vernacular. A timber base is accentuated with bamboo walls

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Geothermally-Heated EHA Family Residence is a Rustic Mountain Retreat in Wyoming

Geothermally-Heated EHA Family Residence is a Rustic Mountain Retreat in Wyoming

Whilst undoubtedly a luxury home that is out of reach for most people, the EHA residence in Wyoming was constructed as a low-energy home built sustainably. Almost all of the siding is comprised of

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WA Design’s Solar-Powered Stinson Beach House Achieves Net-Zero Energy

WA Design’s Solar-Powered Stinson Beach House Achieves Net-Zero Energy

The design team kept a focus on green objectives, using open-cell foam insulation, natural ventilation, and concrete floors. Their main focus was to create a south-sloping roof from which to access solar

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

Stepping away from the architectural status quo of a residential neighborhood en route to the famed and magical Ha Long Bay, Vo Trong Nghia stacked hundreds of smooth blue stones on top of one another in

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Caretaker’s House is the World’s First Green Timber Home Insulated to Passivehaus Standards

Caretaker’s House is the World’s First Green Timber Home Insulated to Passivehaus Standards

Usually wood is dried and treated before it is used to build a home, but not so with the Caretaker's House by Invisible Studio. By felling the wood on site and putting it to use immediately, the design

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Solar-Powered Floating Schools Allow Bangladeshi Kids to Learn During Monsoon Season

Solar-Powered Floating Schools Allow Bangladeshi Kids to Learn During Monsoon Season

When flood waters inundate schools - sometimes for up to four months a year - the small solar-powered boats are activated as a substitute. The boats, which each have a capacity of roughly 30 students,

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Second Life Rugs Turns Factory Residue Wools Into Beautiful High-Pile Rugs

Second Life Rugs Turns Factory Residue Wools Into Beautiful High-Pile Rugs

Second Life Rugs converts wool production residues into beautifully patterned, thick, shag-pile rugs. Instead of being spun and dyed, the wool scraps are boiled, shredded and knotted. What results is a

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Pop-up ‘Centipede Cinema’ is Made With Locally-Sourced Cork From Portugal

Pop-up ‘Centipede Cinema’ is Made With Locally-Sourced Cork From Portugal

Led by Colin Fournier, the Centipede Cinema is an urban intervention that demonstrates how easily exciting new cultural programs can be developed with minimal costs. It also reveals that cork, which is

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Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Scientists have been trying to develop cheap, alternative building materials for years. But there's one material that is surprisingly strong, secure, waterproof and perhaps just too creepy to handle:

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mu mu Handcrafts Sustainable iPhone Cases That You Can Also Trade in Later

mu mu Handcrafts Sustainable iPhone Cases That You Can Also Trade in Later

mu mu, a design and manufacturing workshop based in Cambridgeshire, UK, has made a business out of creating sustainable accessories for iDevices. Run by a three-man team, mu mu works with creatives that

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Decorex Paints the Town Green with Showcase of Eco-Furnishings at London Design Festival

Decorex Paints the Town Green with Showcase of Eco-Furnishings at London Design Festival

Volga Linen is a family-run company that sells pure linen by the meter, table linen, bed linen and ready to hang curtains. Linen is a naturally environmentally friendly material; flax needs less

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Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

Whether you're returning to school or just need a new bag to bring your laptop to and from work, Corkor's all-natural women's laptop bag is one of the greenest options available. The bag is handmade with

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Cork, a Sustainable Classic

Amazing Natural Packaging: Cork, a Sustainable Classic

Photo: Background pattern of wine bottles corks via Shutterstock If you are involved in the creative community, you will have noticed the slowly-but-surely growing preponderance of cork as a material

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The Grounds Cafe is a Thriving Vintage Throwback to the Pre-GMO Era in Australia

The Grounds Cafe is a Thriving Vintage Throwback to the Pre-GMO Era in Australia

Caroline Choker wanted to retain as much of the industrial chic flavor of the original building as possible. As such, much of the original infrastructure such as wooden trusses and cement beams are left

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Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Cristiane Kimura started Aurea to not only showcase the natural beauty of golden grass and Brazil, but also to promote traditional techniques and to create economic opportunities for artisans. Run as a

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Christopher Boffoli Creates Edible Larger-Than-Life Food Landscapes!

Christopher Boffoli Creates Edible Larger-Than-Life Food Landscapes!

Christopher Boffoli´s photographs celebrate the inner beauty of food in every detail, color and texture. You can almost taste the happy, sweet memories of the past, when most of us weren´t allowed to

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Bold Elliptical Windows Bubble With Daylight at the Topazz Hotel in Vienna

Bold Elliptical Windows Bubble With Daylight at the Topazz Hotel in Vienna

A modern insert with stoic neighbors, the Topazz hotel is nonetheless respectful of its surroundings. Given the tiny footprint of just 153 square meters, the designers conceived irregular windows to bring

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Jonathan Leech Hand-Turns Beautiful Bowls From Sustainably-Sourced Cumbrian wood

Jonathan Leech Hand-Turns Beautiful Bowls From Sustainably-Sourced Cumbrian wood

Artistic wood-turner Jonathan Leech lives and works in the north west of England. He produces a wide range of large, distinctive, wooden bowls from local, sustainably-sourced timber. Jonathan first began

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The Best Green Designs at Berlin’s 2012 DMY Design Fair!

The Best Green Designs at Berlin’s 2012 DMY Design Fair!

This year's DMY featured many flat-pack, no-glue no-screws designs, but the most intriguing was Gustav Duesing 23D chair made from interlocking pieces of birch plywood. Jolan Van Der Wiels unveiled

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100% Solar-Powered Great Barrier House Fuses Modern Technology With Island Life

100% Solar-Powered Great Barrier House Fuses Modern Technology With Island Life

Elevated to protect against floods and constructed of sustainably-sourced timber that references the island's rich biodiversity, the Great Barrier House is comfortable in both summer and winter. Despite

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